Is This Toyota Tundra Special Edition Worth the Price?

The 2020 Toyota Tundra is a truck that has proven its capability since its debut in 2000. For 2020, Toyota has come out with a special edition, the Toyota Tundra 1794. Although it shares most of its specs with the Tundra Premium, this version of the full-size pickup is a breed apart, loaded with design features and extras that make it a special edition.

There is an interesting story behind its cryptic name. 1794 refers to the year the legendary JLC Ranch was founded in San Antonio, Texas. It was part of the Texas landscape for 209 years before Toyota bought the property. Today, it is the site of the manufacturing plant where Toyota produces both Tundra and Tacoma models.

The Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition’s appearance

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for this luxury full-size pickup is around $53,000 as this is the very top-of-the-line Toyota Tundra. Is the 1794 Edition worth the price? Let’s run down its exclusive features and find out.

This special edition Toyota is built on a CrewMax model with a 5.5-foot short bed. It features a towing capacity of 9,400 pounds. The Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition has four doors and exclusive, machine six-spoke 20-inch wheels. Other special exterior design elements include a chrome grille, chrome end caps, and chrome 1794 Edition badges on both front doors.

The exterior chrome mirrors on the Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition are a lot more than just mirrors. They have memory capabilities, and they’re heated, auto-dimming, and power-folding. They also include integrated turn-signals, blind-spot warning indicators, and puddle lights for when you are approaching the vehicle in the dark.

Inside the cab is where you’ll find the most distinctive 1794 Edition features. It’s a truck with a Western theme, complete with saddle-brown leather upholstery with imitation suede inserts that are unique to this special edition. It also has matching rustic leather inserts on the instrument panel, door trim, and shift console, setting it apart from other Tundra models. Other exclusive finishes include rubber and carpet floor mats with rivet accents and “1794” etched in them. The 1794 logo can also be found on the center console. 

Standard interior amenities that the 1794 Edition shares with the Tundra Premium are heated and ventilated front seats and a premium audio system that includes navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. One notable feature is something that is available exclusively on Toyota Tundra trucks. The rear window powers all the way down with a touch of a button, exactly like a driver’s or front passenger window. Tundra is the only full-size truck that has this handy feature.

Safety features

Every Toyota model, including Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition, is equipped with a version of Toyota Safety Sense. This advanced safety system features a full array of safety technologies, including a pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, and much more to protect you and your passengers.

How does the Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition perform?

The Toyota Tundra at the Annual Chicago Auto Show
The Toyota Tundra | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The Toyota Tundra 1794 has a 5.7-liter V8 engine, with a choice of 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. The powerful engine puts out 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 RPM. Both 2- and 4-wheel-drive models are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Under the hood and in all aspects of performance, the Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition is exactly the same as Tundra Premium.

People who will love this truck include Ford F-150 King Ranch drivers looking for a little something extra. Anyone who loves Toyota Tundra trucks should consider the upgrade to this 1794 Edition. Is it worth the extra price? For buyers who are looking for the top model Tundra with that something extra that really makes it unique, the 1794 Edition is an ideal choice.